The 20-year-old has won a place in Holger Osieck's squad for the World Cup qualifier with Iraq, having impressed with club side FC Utrecht this Eredivisie season
|By PADDY HIGGS and FLORIS KOEKENBIER
Tommy Oar believes FC Utrecht's confidence in him has led to his recall by Australia coach Holger Osieck.
Oar is back in the Socceroos squad for the first time since the 2011 Asian Cup, and will hope to play some part in the crucial AFC 2014 World Cup qualifier against Iraq on Tuesday.
The call-up is a reward for Oar's improved club form in the 2012-13 Eredivisie season, with the 20-year-old starting the last five matches under Utrecht coach Jan Wouters.
An out-and-out winger at former club Brisbane Roar before his move to the Netherlands in January 2010, Oar has also had time in a more central role under Wouters.
He is still more comfortable on the left flank, however, and has enjoyed contributing to sixth-placed Utrecht's season.
"At Utrecht we play an attacking system and that suits me well," Oar told Goal.com before departing to link up with the Socceroos training camp in Dubai.
"From the left side I can be important with through balls and crosses and in that way I can help the team."
Oar has had to be patient for another chance under Osieck, but is delighted he will join Utrecht team-mate Adam Sarota back in the Socceroos squad.
"My last selection was a long time ago at the Asia Cup in the beginning of 2011, so that's like 18 months," he said.
"Since then I had some time to develop and find my spot at Utrecht. Now that I'm playing better I'm glad they noticed it in Australia as well.
"I haven't spoke with the manager Holger Osieck yet, but I'm sure we will discuss my role at the Australian team this week."